Guest post from 2013 Technology Impact Award winner Potomac Riverkeeper.
Earlier this month, Potomac Riverkeeper was honored as the recipient of 501cTECH’s 2013 Technology Impact Award in recognition of our recently launched Water Reporter app for the iPhone. The Water Reporter is an easy-to-use app that people can use to report basic information on water pollution or water activity. For instance, have you ever been out on the water and seen pollution and wanted to report it to someone? Or did you find a great swimming hole or fishing spot and wanted to let your friends know? Well now there’s an app for that!
Potomac Riverkeeper has made it easier to find and report pollution, and to report the fun things you see and do on the river. Working with Chesapeake Commons, we developed this mobile app to gather critical data on the waterways you love! If you’re out and about and see debris flowing from a construction site, cows in your stream, or a pipe discharging questionable water, use the app to report it. Alternatively if you are on a hike, bike, or paddling trip or if your organization or group is planning a stream cleanup, tree planting, or any water related activity, please report those on the app as well! Once submitted, Potomac Riverkeeper will broadcast the data to the general public as well as take action on any necessary pollution violations.
Using the app is simple and quick. The first time you start up the Water Reporter, it will walk you through how to use the app in four simple steps. The app will auto-tag your location while you fill in some basic information (type of pollution or activity, date, etc.) and add a photo if you would like. It’s that easy! Once your report is submitted it will be sent to your local Waterkeeper and to a live map available on the Water Reporter website.
The Water Reporter app is not only for the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. There are 18 local Waterkeepers in the Chesapeake Bay region waiting for your reports. Reports will go to your local Waterkeeper. If you are fishing in the Shenandoah Valley, your report will be sent to Shenandoah Riverkeeper Jeff Kelble, if you are tubing in the Upper Potomac, your report will be sent to Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls, if you are hiking along the river in DC, your report will be sent to Potomac Riverkeeper Matthew Logan.
It was a great honor to receive the 2013 Technology Impact Award and we look forward to expanding the use and application of the Water Reporting for many years to come!